The Flag Brief
Pull up a chair and listen in on conversations with senior Naval and Military officers, and Senior Executive Service officials offering one-on-one words of wisdom and guidance. Appropriate for Junior Officers and Midshipmen in particular, anyone in general.
The Honorable Christine Fox (25:51) . Episode #003
Who are the Department of Defense senior civilian leaders? We talk today with former Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox who has served in several administrations, and has been the second in command at the DOD. She has been the most senior female official in the history of the Department. Why is it important for a naval officer to understand the civilian-military relationship? Where is the "line" - Where do the civilian leaders "take over" from the Admirals and Generals? What is meant by the phrase, civilian authorities have the "right to be wrong"?
ADM Mike Mullen (ret.) (27:16) . Episode #002
ADM Mike Mullen is a retired Navy Admiral, who served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2007. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968. We discuss: What are your responsibilities as a junior officer to the future of the Naval Service? Do senior officers really want to hear your opinion, and how should you best offer it? How does the civil unrest of the 1960's inform your leadership attitude in the 2020's?
RADM Mike Manazir USN (ret.) (19:47) . Episode #001
A close encounter between two ships on the ocean is a humbling experience. The Commanding Officer (CO), and the Officer of the Deck (OOD), learn when to take charge and when to trust each other. Communication and just the right amount of confidence, ensures success and safety.